Rome is burning

OK, it’s not. Even if it was, the rain that came yesterday would have put it out. But there are too many fun things you could do with Rome to pass up. Things like:

When in Rome (Georgia)…

You know, Rome wasn’t built in a day

Do you have a signal? I’m stuck in Rome-ing…

OK, that last one was a bit of a stretch. Believe it or not, even though it rained, and rained hard, in the afternoon (for the first time in nearly 3 months here, so it was needed), they got the game in. The HR Derby was washed out, but they played all nine innings. Mitch Hilligoss, he of the record South Atlantic League hit streak, won the MVP in a losing effort with three hits, an RBI and a stolen base.

I have to say that the town, and the team, in Rome, did a fantastic job running this event. They had a parade for the All-Stars through the downtown area (it was small, but it was downtown, with stores and restaurants and stuff — quaint is the best way to put it). They rode down the street in convertibles. It may seem like small potatoes, but for these young players, it was pretty cool to be given the royal treatment like that. From there, they got VIP treatment at a concert, where you didn’t have to be a Marshall Tucker Band fan to have a good time.

The ballpark itself is beautiful and the groundscrew should be given much kudos for keeping it in such good condition with all the rain. Good drainage helped, I’m sure, but that wasn’t easy. The outfield was a little splashy, but it certainly was playable. Overall, a great event, the last All-Star Game John Henry Moss will see as president of the league. He hands the reins to Eric Krupa. Moss is 87 years old and has looked over the shop for the past 48 All-Star Games, so I guess he deserves a break.

Lisa and I will be back on here soon with our picks for the Triple-A All-Star Team. Remember, you can vote for your favorite AAA All-Stars up until Friday, June 22. So click here  to cast your vote.

And don’t forget to head to MLB.com at 2 p.m. ET on Thursday. That’s when I’ll join Lisa and Vinny Micucci for a live video show announcing the 2007 Futures Game rosters. Good times.

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